An outpouring of community support for a bar described as a gathering place for artists, musicians and Lower Nob Hill residents succeeded in overturning the Police Department’s recommendation to reject its liquor license application. Read More
Trips to the Middle East — and Midwest — gave The City’s legislative branch a break from business as usual this week, and more elected officials are scheduled to go abroad later this month. Read More
A special office opened Tuesday to help residents affected by a massive water main break in February in the area of 15th Avenue and Wawona Street in West Portal.
The field office, located at 383 West Portal Ave., will connect residents to services offered by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City Attorney’s Office, the Department of Building Inspection and other agencies. Read More
Some San Francisco supervisors are scrambling to find an acceptable compromise that would prevent condo-conversion legislation by Supservisors Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell from becoming a bitter battle that could be a no-win situation for centrists. Read More
One of the supervisors whose support is seen as instrumental to passing a condo conversion bypass proposal may have committed to support the controversial legislation when on the campaign trail last fall.
The most politically charged issue at City Hall these days is whether there are enough votes on the Board of Supervisors to pass legislation that would give relief to San Francisco tenancy-in-common unit owners who are complaining about high mortgage rates and the long wait to convert to a condo, which would allow them to refinance.
In 2008, the fight over whether to allow students in San Francisco public schools to have the option of joining the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps was in full swing. Arguments broke out at public meetings and sent Board of Education sessions late into the night. Ultimately voters endorsed the JROTC program with a non-binding resolution. So what has happened to JROTC? Read More
David Chiu became the longest-serving president of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday when he was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues to a third two-year term.
After having first secured the post in 2009 with the backing of progressives, and retaining the job two years later with the help of moderates whom he rewarded with committee assignments, Chiu managed to secure election this time around with a decisive 11-0 vote. Read More
A self-described “blue-collar politician,” the 63-year-old Norman Yee is set to become the oldest member of the Board of Supervisors when he’s sworn in Jan. 8. He said he wants to bring a thoughtful, independent style with a mix of progressive and moderate politics to his new job. Read More
The holidays are upon us and City Hall is decorated beautifully, complete with an enormous tree. So far, there are no gifts for our supervisors under the tree, so here is my list of what each should receive:
After Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut, all eyes are on President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to introduce federal gun control legislation. But real action is happening on the local and state level, too. As a number of states have Democratic legislatures and governors — including Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut and, of course, California — look for them to dust off previously shelved gun control laws. Read More